The Voluntary Sector Study Network’s (VSSN’s) next day conference will take place on 19th May 2020, hosted by the Institute for Volunteering Research at University of East Anglia in Norwich. It will explore volunteering in health and social care, considering the opportunities and challenges encountered in a complex landscape of rising demand and the difference volunteering makes in this context.
Pressures are growing on volunteer-involving organisations, locally-based community organisations and social enterprises to respond to increasing and diverse demands for volunteers to provide health and social care services. These range from national newspaper campaigns to recruit large numbers of new volunteers for a variety of new tasks and settings, to the current drive for social prescribing and increased community involvement.
This day conference specifically aims to explore:
- the current context of volunteering in health and social care,
- the current policy drivers
- new and innovative approaches now being promoted to deal with demand,
- what difference volunteering makes to health and social care, volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and wider society.
Booking for the event will open once the programme is finalised, with details on the VSSN website
VSSN welcomes contributions from researchers, academics, doctoral students and practitioners from a broad range of fields around innovative initiatives taking place in different communities, and critical theoretical debates on what is happening to voluntary and community sector innovation and enterprise in the current period.
They will be pleased to consider proposals on related topics which may include (but are not limited to) organisations working with diverse groups in the population, for example refugee groups, those facing inequalities due to geography, black and minority ethnic led, women’s and faith-based groups.
Your abstract should outline your proposed paper, showing how the issues you raise will contribute to the themes for the day.
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org by March 13th 2020. Please also include names of authors, affiliations, and contact details.
If helpful, please contact Jurgen Grotz email@example.com to discuss contributions informally in the meantime.